unfair dismissal

A Guide to the Employment Tribunal Process

A Guide to the Employment Tribunal Process

It is a sad fact of business life that disputes between employees and employers are common. The majority of these disputes will play out at an employment tribunal. Even if you consider your relationship with your employees to be a harmonious one, and consider the likelihood of disputes to be low, it still pays to have a considered strategy for dealing with tribunals. Employment law is increasingly developing in favour of the needs of employees and with awards increasing, being unprepared for tribunals can see you losing out massively. A well-thought out plan will allow you to prepare and present the best possible defence of your actions, and prevent disgruntled employees from taking you to the cleaners. Here we cover the stages of the tribunal process, how to defend a case and prevent a di... »

Unfair Dismissal Changes Confirmed for 2012

Allison Grant, Partner at Lester Aldridge LLP, comments on the changes confirmed for the Unfair Dismissal laws. “On 3 October 2011 the Government confirmed that with effect from 6 April 2012 the qualifying period of service required for an employee to present a claim for unfair dismissal would be extended from 1 to 2 years. This proposal was tabled in January 2011 as part of a range of initiatives set out in the Government’s consultation “Resolving Workplace Disputes”. The Government press release has estimated that the change will save £6million per year, with a reduction of 2,000 claims each year. The increase will provide employers with a greater opportunity to assess the suitability and performance of new employees and more flexibility in terminating their... »

Unfair Dismissal Claims Rocket

Unfair Dismissal Claims Rocket

Small businesses are facing an increasing number of unfair dismissal claims after failing to follow statutory redundancy procedures, according to insurance firm Hiscox. Research from Hiscox has revealed a threefold increase in insurance claims from small businesses being sued by employees for unfair dismissal in the last quarter of 2008. "Many small-business owners will not have steered a company through a recession before and are unaware of what they need to do," said Hiscox SME expert Gary Head. "All businesses should seek professional advice when it comes to making redundancies or they might find that what started out as a cost-cutting exercise could cost them far more in the long run." Unfair dismissal claims can arise when employees feel they have been treated unfa... »